The Korea Fund against TB & Malaria (KFTM), founded in April Juche 107 (2018), sets it as its mission to cooperate with the State in making its policy to control tuberculosis and malaria in the country and lay the material and technical foundations for its implementation.
The KFTM is staffed with competent technical forces in the sector of TB and malaria control, and has effective financial and material management capabilities. In the past it has successfully implemented the nationwide TB survey and steadily supplied medicines and experimental reagents, thus rendering great services to maintaining the rate of detecting TB patients and curing them in the country by over 85%.
In order to maintain uninterrupted cure of new TB patients, it has given top priority to providing anti-tuberculotic medicines for adults and children.
In order to completely exterminate malaria, it has supplied hundreds of thousands of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets to those households in the malaria high-risk areas since 2010. Every year, it has sprayed insecticide on the walls of over 400,000 houses and supplied over 100,000 insecticide-treated clothes, thus putting malaria vectors under strict control.
It has established cooperative relationship with such organizations as the China National TB Control Programme, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, WHO, UNICEF, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, KNCV Foundation, Eugene Bell Foundation and Christian Friends of KOREA, and is taking an active part in the work to attain the target of malaria extermination not only at home but in the world.
Recently, the fund, in close ties with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, is promoting the project for the management of multi-drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) patients in South Hamgyong Province and others.
Meanwhile, it has organized the work to give wide publicity to hygienic information on TB and malaria in close contact with relevant units in the country and registered successes.
President Pak Tong Chol said his fund would make proactive efforts to eliminate TB and malaria by providing sufficient medicines, excellent medical service, and financial, material and technical support to establish effective measures for preventing those diseases.